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The Arizona Department of Health Services has issued its end-of-year report for 2020, and to the surprise of virtually no one, medical marijuana sales increased year-over-year, for the eighth year in a row.

Arizonans purchased 106 tons of cannabis products from dispensaries in 2020, according to the report, and all signs point to much higher numbers in 2021.

That's due largely to the fact that recreational cannabis is now legal for adults to buy as of January 22, 2021. 

 
 
 
 
 

Between MMJ and recreational pot, dispensary companies in the state are planning to grow two-to-three times as much marijuana in 2021, but the reality of recreational in the state remains to be seen, said Sam Richard, executive director of the Arizona Dispensaries Association. Some of the revenue growth will be due to higher prices in the initial months of recreational sales, he added.

"Largely, the trajectory of the growth in medical sales will likely taper off" while the new combined industry reaches new frontiers, he said. Last year's 106 tons in sales is close to the weight of a fully loaded space shuttle on its way to the space station, and while the medical program is "approaching cruising altitude," the industry as a whole is set to travel much further.

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In a new policy effective retroactively to the beginning of 2021, the UFC has announced that it will no longer find fighters in violation of league policy if they test positive for THC in their urine. Part of the reason is that a urine test is not a very good way to determine whether someone ingested THC from cannabis.

Jeff Novitzky, UFC Senior Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance, said in a statement that the league no longer wants to use urine tests to look for marijuana use, because THC can remain stored in body fat for weeks after use.  

“The bottom line is that in regard to marijuana, we care about what an athlete consumed the day of a fight, not days or weeks before a fight, which has often been the case in our historic positive THC cases,” Novitzky said.

In making this move, the UFC followed in the footsteps of most major sports leagues in North America. For example, the National Basketball Association recently announced it will not test players for marijuana use in the 2020-2021 season.

 UFC policy change

The new rule from the UFC states that fighters with THC in their bloodstream are not in violation of league policy, essentially opening the door to recreational use of marijuana. The only caveat is that the league will find players in violation if they use THC to improve their performance as fighters, although it’s unclear how that would be proven.

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No more than five players have been suspended for violating the NBA’s and National Basketball Players Association’s marijuana policy in the past four seasons.

The issue isn't if NBA players do or don’t use marijuana. It’s just that players don’t have serious issues with violating the policy.

After not conducting random testing for marijuana to finish the 2019-20 season inside the bubble near Orlando, Florida, the league is not doing random testing for marijuana this season.

It’s time the NBA and NPBA permanently altered their policy on marijuana and stopped penalizing players for using it.

NBPA executive director Michele Roberts told GQ before the season started she anticipates random testing for marijuana will be eliminated “in the next CBA, maybe even next season.

After not conducting random testing for marijuana to finish the 2019-20 season inside the bubble near Orlando, Florida, the NBA is not doing random testing for marijuana during the 2020-21 season.

In a move that gave local cannabis watchers—and many dispensary owners—a serious case of whiplash, the Arizona Department of Health Services gave the green-light to recreational pot sales late last month, catching a lot of people in the industry off guard.

Harvest Enterprises, Inc., founded by CEO and Tempe native Steve White, had the first-ever Arizona adult use sale in its Scottsdale location and Harvest became the first Tucson-area dispensary to sell recreational marijuana, with patients waiting in line for hours outside the midtown outlet at 2734 E. Grant Road, on opening weekend.

Harvest’s opening came after the AZDHS allowed recreational cannabis sales to begin, letting dispensary owners know adult-use recreational sales can move forward as soon as licenses are approved and dispensaries are set up to handle both aspects of the market.

 

“This has been really surprising and gives an opportunity for us to have a conversation about how we don’t say a lot of good things about government,” White said. “But this is really a bang-up job by the

department.”

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I think sometimes we put a little too much work into really thinking about what the starting serving size is and making sure that we’re very exact with this. Remember that CBD and other cannabinoids are plants and oftentimes you’re administering to the point that you’re seeing a return on the administration, a result rather than looking at a particular number of milligrams in the serving size.

I just wanted to bring a couple of samples to show you from my own cabinet. I get so many samples of CBD given what I do for work, and here are three different products that I just pulled up quickly before I came to speak with you today.

If I were to tell you to choose a product and then take a half a dropper full as your first serving size, you can see how that’s a completely ridiculous thing to suggest because there is such a wide variability.

And in these different bottles there’s 4,000 milligrams in one bottle, just 500 milligrams in another and 1,000 milligrams in the next.

Oftentimes when you’re starting with a product, starting with a small serving size and increasing from there is reasonable. I think in every case here, I would start with a half a drop or full. See if there is a result, the kind of results you were anticipating. And if there isn’t, then you can go ahead and increase on your serving size.

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Until research catches up, it’s always wise to start slowly with marijuana consumption to see how your body and brain react.

Whether you’re looking for an immediate feeling of euphoria or easing anxiety and pain, the timeline of how long marijuana has to take effect depends on many factors. From type of plant to amount ingested, how frequently you partake to medicines you already have in your body, marijuana can affect everyone’s body differently.

My420Tours believes multiple factors come into play when discussing a high and how long THC takes to enter and create an effect in the human body. They explain that it comes down to:

How it’s consumedThe quantity consumedThe quality of the productStrains being ingestedYour body’s metabolismTolerance

According to a 2017 Vice article,Dr. Aury Holtzman explained that over time, marijuana plants, like indica and sativa, have evolved their DNA to contain terpenes.

Terpenes are like the fingerprint of a plant’s smell and strain- they affect potency and which “high” you feel. According to Dr. Holtzman, indica offers a body high while sativa seems to offer a head high. Just as the timeline differs from person-to-person, often there are different sensations relating to how each individual experiences a marijuana high.

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If you’re trying to lose weight and you want to feel fuller longer after you eat, CBD can help. Here’s how.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could find a formula that would help you feel full longer, after you ate?

Studies have shown repeatedly that people who expose themselves to CBD and other formulas of cannabidiols over their lifetime don’t gain weight like other people over the years.

There’s a number of different researchers looking at exactly why this isn’t happening, and how this benefit could be applied to a broader population.

One way it appears is that CBD and other formulas help people control their weight is simply by making you feel fuller for longer.

Effectively Treating Multiple Sclerosis With Cannabis Oil And Minimal Side Effects

It's funny to think back on the "reefer madness" era in the United States in the 1930s, a time when political leaders demonized cannabis and planted the seeds for the War on Drugs. After all, the U.S. had not yet existed even 200 years. Compare that to ancient Egypt, a weed-friendly civilization that flourished and dominated the known world for about 3,000 years.

Lawmakers in the United States and most of the western world are just now catching up with what leaders in that long-ago civilization knew to be true: medical marijuana has the potential for treating a variety of conditions. They also found uses for hemp that included making fabric, rope, and ship sails. 

And discoveries in burial chambers have led researchers to believe that Egyptians used cannabis during burial ceremonies, much like they did in ancient China. Reefer madness, indeed.

Ancient texts tell the tale

Ancient Egypt lasted for about 30 centuries. It started about 3,100 BCE when the different factions in Egypt united, ending when Alexander the Great conquered it around 332 BCE. During those thousands of years, Egypt reigned as the most powerful and influential civilization in the known world. 

During that time, they learned a thing or two. Some of those things involved marijuana. 

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Teens in the first two states to end pot prohibition do not appear any more likely to fall into harder substances, according to a new study, rebuking legalization opponents who have long contended that marijuana is a gateway drug.

The research, published in the March issue of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, examined data on “adolescents” (ages 12-17), “early emerging adults” (18-20), and “late emerging adults” (21-24) living in Colorado and Washington, where voters in 2012 passed measures legalizing recreational marijuana use for adults. 

“A public health concern stemming from recreational marijuana legalization (RML) is the idea that marijuana may act as a ‘gateway’ drug among youth and young adults, where growing marijuana use will lead to increasing substance use disorder (SUD) for ‘harder’ illicit drugs,” the authors of the study wrote. “This study investigates whether SUD treatment admissions for cocaine, opioids, and methamphetamines increased following RML enactment in Colorado and Washington for adolescents and emerging adults.” 

The researchers concluded that recreational marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington “was not associated with an increase in adolescent or emerging adult SUD treatment admissions for opioids, cocaine, or methamphetamines” compared with rates of such substance use in other states where marijuana legalization has not occurred.

“Future studies should extend this research to other states, other substances, for older adults, and over longer time periods; and consider how the effects of drug policies may differ across different jurisdictions,” the researchers, who are based at Temple University and the University of Tennessee, wrote in their conclusion.

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Just more than a year after recreational cannabis sales began in Michigan, the state’s legal cannabis market has grown by leaps and bounds and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. In December, Michigan showed the highest growth in sales of any legal cannabis market in the U.S., posting a 146% gain in gross merchandise value over the previous year, according to data from wholesale cannabis marketplace LeafLink.

Jeff Radway, the CEO of premium cannabis purveyor Skymint, says that Michigan’s recreational cannabis market has developed “at the speed of light” since legalization.

“It’s been a fascinating challenge to keep pace with. In December of 2019, Michigan became the tenth state in the U.S. to legalize adult-use cannabis,” Radway wrote in an email to High Times. “Less than a year in, it surpassed Nevada to become the fifth highest-grossing state for cannabis sales and is now on track to surpass $1 billion in sales in 2021. In addition to its fast-growing new recreational market, Michigan’s medical market is ranked #2 in the country, second only to California.”

Medical Marijuana Leads The Way

Michigan’s success is due largely to its existing infrastructure for medical marijuana, which was legalized in 2008. With a well established medical marijuana program in the state prior to recreational legalization, Michigan already had a large customer base that was ready to see the market grow. But David Egerton, laboratory director at Infinite Chemical Analysis Labs, said that some of the credit for Michigan’s success should also go to state regulators. He said that officials with Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) have been much more open to feedback from businesses in the industry than their counterparts in California, where his company began its foray into licensed cannabis laboratory testing.

So far, “the MRA has made more than 40 changes to the initial set of regulations to prioritize public health and safety, update testing regulations, and make it easier for companies to operate and develop new products.”

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Every year, we all look ahead and try to guess what might become the biggest weed strains for the next 365 days. It's just the natural thing to do since we — as fellow consumers — are determined to stay on top of the freshest and hottest trends. For 2021, we scoped out which strains are sure to continue the momentum built in previous years, as well as some strains that are showing blow-up potential.

Here are 9 weed strains to look forward to in 2021.

Wedding Cake

In 2021, Wedding Cake is sure to remain one of the most popular strains in the world. 

Wedding Cake, also known as Pink Cookies, is an indica-dominant hybrid that was bred by Seed Junky Genetics. It's a phenotype of a cross between Triangle Kush and Animal Mints that produces a sweet, dougy, vanilla-like strain — and it's absolutely swept the cannabis world by storm over the past couple of years. 

It's showing the same potential as OG Kush and GSC, in terms of becoming the hybrid of its generation. Look out for it, and the many other strains that come from its genetics.

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While many consumers put down the bottle this month for Sober January, some have picked up a cannabis-infused beverage instead causing sales to rise in this emerging category. The market experienced a similar substitution as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic which has been notable for its effect on the respiratory system. Edible sales jumped higher in 2020 as consumers traded in inhalable forms of cannabis for other consumption methods. 

In a study published in the National Library of Medicine success during Dry January was predicted by measures of more moderate alcohol consumption. The study revealed that success during Dry January was best predicted by a lower frequency of drunkenness in the month prior to Dry January. The report also determined that people who were successful with the challenge of not drinking for a month also drank less going forward. So, there’s a real reward to managing not to drink for a month, and if cannabis helps, all the better. Some even call it “Cali Sober,”  which means no alcohol or drugs except for cannabis. 

Lantern is an on-demand, cannabis home-delivery platform that provides legal, convenient access to cannabis dispensaries and their products for state-issued medical marijuana cardholders. In January, Lantern said it has seen a significant uptick in sales of cannabis beverages specifically.

“It’s exciting to see how new consumers and canna-connoisseurs are exploring alcohol alternatives in the first month of the new year and turning to cannabis-infused beverages,” says Meredith Mahoney, President of Lantern.  “With support for cannabis legalization at an all-time high and the increasing state-by-state legalization that we witnessed last year, consumers are becoming more health-conscious and open to cannabis products as they look for new ways to relax and unwind.”

Fluresh is a cannabis brand that launched on Lantern’s platform in November and has quickly become one of their top-selling brands overall. Fluresh said it has sold more product in January 2021 than in November and December of last year combined


Callie Mclaughlin is a Shop Lead at Tokyo Smoke and supports the community events team for all Tweed and Tokyo Smoke stores across Manitoba. She’s been working for Canopy Growth for more than two years — this means, she’s basically a veteran in this industry.

 
 
 

When she’s not in the shop recommending Hindu Kush to yet another guest you can find her building furniture, riding her bike, or hosting friends for dinner — lately, it’s been virtual.

What questions do first-time users ask when looking to experiment with cannabis in the bedroom?

I find the most common response or question is, “How do I choose a strain that will match the mood I’m looking to achieve in the bedroom?” The Tokyo Smoke brand is designed to serve any purpose and need. With our signature Intent System (Go, Rise, Equalize, Ease and Pause), customers can better understand cannabis products and make informed, personalized purchases based on how they wish to incorporate cannabis — whether that’s in the bedroom or in their everyday life!

What type of weed products are a hit among couples?

Soft Gels and Flower are a big hit!

A Soft Gel allows you and your partner to ease into your high — slowly and calmly. On the other side, rolling up a joint or packing a bowl allows for a sharing element with your partner so you know you’re experiencing everything together.


For some incoming city employees in Atlanta, a drug test will no longer be a prerequisite for the job.

That is thanks to an executive order issued earlier this month by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms that suspended physical examinations and drug screenings “prospective employees who are not applying for employment in safety sensitive positions.” 

The order “also grants the Commissioner of the Department of Human Resources the authority to administratively establish requirements for pre-employment physical examinations and drug testing for safety sensitive positions and may designate certain employment classifications which affect safety and /or security as safety sensitive positions.”

“The current pre-employment testing requirements for those seeking jobs, not related to safety and security, are outdated and costly barriers to onboarding new talent in the City of Atlanta,” Bottoms said in a press release earlier this month. “As we continue to reform our employment process, creating a positive employee experience is key to attracting and maintaining a top-tier workforce, while ensuring opportunities are accessible to all.”

The “safety sensitive” designation means the order will not extend to “police officers or people who drive sanitation trucks, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Americans purchased $17.9 billion in cannabis products over the past calendar year. That’s $7.2 billion more than the $10.7 billion in sales from 2019!

The pandemic helped vice businesses surge, or at least stave off the catastrophic downturns that other markets experienced.

With so many consumers staying home in accordance with social-distancing measures, they turned to new and familiar vices to cope. As a result, 2020’s market projections were thrown for a loop — setting the stage for a prosperous 2021.

Cannabis, Alcohol And Sex

Cannabis sales soared in 2020. According to Leafly, nationwide sales of medical and adult-use marijuana increased by 67% over 2019. That means Americans purchased $17.9 billion in cannabis products over the past calendar year. That’s $7.2 billion more than the $10.7 billion in sales from 2019!

The alcoholic beverage space outperformed 2020 expectations, but still saw global figures decline. Analysis firm IWSR reported that the market declined by 8% in 2020, less than the previously projected double-digit drop.Alcohol e-commerce surged in 2020 due to lockdown measures, increasing 40% across ten countries, including the U.S., U.K, Japan, Germany, Brazil and Australia.

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Think about the days when you’re feeling blue. The world is grey and rainy; there is another terrible piece of news on TV, you feel anxious, sad, your whole body is aching… Plus, you have so much work to do. Even your pet looks worried.

We all have those days. And each one of us has to come up with a solution on how to make themselves feel better. Some tend to eat their worries away. Others go to the doctor to buy a handful of medications.

Still others choose natural products that are meant to take the pain away, such as CBD isolate gummies. If you’re new to the topic, you probably would like to know how to use CBD isolate. Upon examining the CBD market, we’ve come up with the answers to all the possible newbie’s questions.

To discover the wonders of CBD products, follow us on a little cannabis journey. 

What are CBD gummies?

CBD gummies are little more than the chewable candies, like those from your childhood, which have been enhanced with CBD oil. Typically, to experience the CBD oil’s healing effects, you would have to add the product’s exact dose to your food or drink or apply it directly to your mouth.

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CBD is a nonintoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis and hemp. This is how the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines CBD.  

Nathan Seppa claims that more than a dozen medical trials in the past decade have shown that treatments containing THC (and some that combine THC with another derivative called cannabidiol, or CBD) not only ease pain in MS patients but also alleviate other problems associated with the disease. 

CBD and its containing products are getting more and more trendy and popular day by day, year by year. It is one of the most quickly rising businesses in the world nowadays. Expressions like the best full-spectrum CBD oil or CBD isolates are not unknown to the consumers. In the last few years, there is a rising interest in CBD in the fitness industry due to the multiple health benefits that CBD presents. For example, CBD boosts the body’s natural response resisting attack by the antibodies that accumulate as inflammation. It helps injuries to cure easier and in less time. 

These and other CBD benefits have created and still create some trends that dominate the CBD market.

Trends  

New Brands 

Cannabis brands create more narrow specialized lines of products for sleep, pain or energy. Every day new goods and new areas of influence are covered by the creation of new brands of products containing CBD. 

Social Consumption

Customers are not hesitating anymore. Most of them are aware of the effects of CBD and are open to consuming new varieties and new brands of the products. New offers are quickly adapted and widely used by thousands of consumers. CBD is no more a synonym for marihuana. it is not dangerous anymore. 

Micro-dosing

Micro-dosing is the latest model of consuming CBD. Many consumers claim that this is the best way to get all the benefits of CBD. Micro-dosing means spreading the daily dose into several smaller parts and taking them during the whole day. This method has become very popular recently. The consumers who are micro-dose fans enjoy tinctures and CBD oils. Probably it is because they find it easier to measure these products into different dosages.

Trusted Distributing Channels

The fallacies that some distributing companies have created about CBD is a miracle for some severe illnesses caused uncertainty about the truthfulness of this substance and about the distribution channels. Nevertheless, in the last few years, many channels managed to erase this negative perception about the distributing companies by hard and responsible work. 

Now You Have a Choice 

When the first CBD containing products appeared in the market the issue was to find and buy them. Consumers had very little choice and their aim was to buy whatever they got. Meanwhile, now the present market offers you a big choice not only of products but also of brands and distributors. People pay attention to what they buy and they have the opportunity to decide what to buy and how much to spend.

Convenience

This is the general market trend and is essential for the CBD market growth. Easy purchasing, new formats and forms, new shop locations, and especially home delivery made consumerism consistent and desirable. People want to be comfortable. A convenient lifestyle admires everyone. Any brand that has and offers these services wins.

CBD’s huge growth on social media is evident. It appeared from nowhere with little evident potential and in one year became one of the world’s most profitable and prospective markets still with higher predictions for the future. The legalization of CBD in many countries and some states made the growth of this market quicker and more globalized. Both the European market and American markets have seen incredible growth.

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On Thursday, a Senate panel endorsed legalizing the possession of recreational marijuana in Virginia by this summer, though legal sales could take much longer.

The change was suggested as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee continued to debate a lengthy and complex bill in which few provisions are final.

Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) introduced the amendment in light of recent marijuana decriminalization, which took effect less than six months ago.

“If we know we’re going down the road of legalizing, it seems to me that the repeal of simple possession at a minimum should take effect July 1 of this year,” McClellan said. “Otherwise, all we’re doing is setting up a situation where people are paying civil fines for something that is going to be completely legal eventually.”

As the bill stands, individuals 21 and older could have up to an ounce legally in Virginia. Any amount between an ounce and five pounds would result in a $25 fine, which would be paid like a traffic ticket, according to Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth).

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At one time, cannabis culture was easy to define, found in the pages of High Times or a Cheech and Chong movie.

As the “man” himself, Tommy Chong, reminisces “Back in the day, there was no cannabis industry, there was just weed and we called it…weed. Now you have the technology to have the cleanest, healthiest product. It’s making a healthy industry healthier, it’s really impressive. More and more people are getting involved in cannabis and seeing the medical benefits.”

Innovation and acceptance of the cannabis industry is changing demographics and thus the culture of the cannabis community is changing at a rapid pace.   

A quick story

While killing time on Facebook, because you know, there is so much time now, a friend posted a video from an event called the Canna Culture Cup hosted outside Chicago. 

 The video was exciting and fun, featuring a DJ with crazy hair spinning live under neon lights, people dancing, and of course a big fat bong popping in and out of the frame.

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If you have just started your journey with cannabis, the choice of the right strain will be the most overwhelming part. You will be surprised to see the variety on display at most dispensaries and online stores, and deciding on the face value is more challenging than you imagine. It is something you need to learn because your experience depends on this selection. While strains can be confusing in the beginning, you can master them eventually and learn to pick the ones that promise the most incredible results. However, some guidance can take you a long way initially. Here is a cannabis grower’s advice that can guide you about choosing the right strain. 

Know the basics

First and foremost, you need to understand the attributes that make a weed strain unique. The plant contains different cannabinoids, with THC and CBD being the most significant ones. High-THC strains make you high, while those having more CBD are not intoxicating. You need to consider the THC-CBD ratio to pick a product that suits your needs. Another aspect to know is the terpene content, which gives a strain its characteristic aroma and flavors. Terpenes also support the effects of cannabinoids. Once you know these basics, you can choose a strain option according to your expectations. 

Consider your objective

While the profile of a cannabis strain is vital when it comes to picking the best option, you also need to consider the objective for consuming it. Cannabis works for medicinal or recreational purposes. While some strains offer extensive medicinal benefits for specific conditions, others have a recreational appeal. Yet others deliver on both fronts. For example, wedding cake strain is great for relieving mental issues such as anxiety, stress, and depression. It also offers a sedative and relaxed feeling if you only want to use it for recreational purposes. Your medical marijuana doctor will recommend a specific strain depending on your condition. Alternatively, you can seek advice from a budtender too.

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